"Art Battle 197" was a lot of fun. Here are some pictures from the "Art Battle" I promised you all to post my practice paintings for this event. So, above, you can see 5 practice paintings that I painted prior to the "Art Battle 197", Halifax.
The painting that I created at the "Art Battle 197", which you can see below, I created in about 10 minutes.. Where did my inspiration for this painting come from? While sailing with the CANADIAN NAVY, I would see many fishing boats out there in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. These boats were manned with hard-working fishermen who worked far away from their families. I always wanted to paint these boats because fishing boats are astonishingly beautiful. So colourful, and mechanical, yet they blend quite beautifully with nature and the blue ocean. They add colour and life to the blue sky and sea.
Watch this small funny clip of my cat Athena disturbing me while I paint. If she was able to paint, she would be a painter. She is a painter at heart.
Here is a small video about my preparations for the "Art Battle 197".
What is new? Well, I am currently finishing painting a collection of paintings depicting my experiences from my sails on the Atlantic Ocean. Currently, the collection has about 9 paintings; however, if I get a grant for this project then I will add some 7 more paintings to this collection. I cannot wait to have a show for this collection and for everyone to see this collection when it is finished. Secondly, I am doing some research for my next collection "The Self". This collection of paintings will address issues that many young women are facing today and are struggling with. Well, that is about it for today. I figured that the best way to talk about my paintings is to make videos so from now on I will be posting more videos and sharing my work that way. I know I have been lagging behind my postings in this section; however, I will try to post updates here in this section at least twice per week. Love you all. Adiós mis amigos.
Here is a picture of me hard at work
I have been selected to participate in the "Art Battle 197" here in Halifax, NS. Watch the video that I posted below of the "Art Battle" taking place in Toronto. It is an amazingly fun event - probably a different type of entertainment than what you are used to. I encourage you to google "Art Battle" in your area and start attending them.
Click Here to buy tickets to the event and to watch some really cool videos of artists performing in front of a live audience. You can also learn about all of the other amazing participants on the event facebook page
Just to show you all how cool this event is, here is an example of the Art Battle Canada competition.
Just went shopping for some art supplies. Art supplies are so expansive. I am also planning my new collection of paintings entitled "The Self". I don't want to give away yet what this project will be about. You can speculate and write to me about it. I am not quite sure when I will start work on "The Self" because a lot of planning must go into it first. Soon I will be very busy as I will be working on 2 collections of paintings, and I will be attending University.
Today is Rememberance Day and I wish for everyone to take some time to commemorate our soldiers. I am also happy to report that some money has been donated in my name for my painting "Our Soldiers, Their Courage, Let Us Never Forget" to help fund the needs of the HMCS Sackville. For those of you who do not know this, HMCS Sackville is a WWII Naval Vessel and the last of the 123 corvettes. I am so thankful to the donor for this donation. I encourage all Canadians to make a donation to this cause because HMCS Sackville is an important part of our Canadian Naval Heritage.
Back in Halifax! Just got back yesterday and I must say that Art-wise I had a productive weekend in Charlottetown, P.E.I.. I got some new ideas for my next painting for the series "Through Canada". Once again, I discovered that the landscape in P.E.I. is quite unique to the rest of Canada. The red sandstone in P.E.I. has inspired me to do my next painting for the "Through Canada" collection in a different way. Just to give you all a hint, I collected a backpack of red sandstone and I brought it with me on the ship - HMCS Kingston - back to Halifax. When I brought the bag of sandstone home, my cats were so curious to know what was in that bag. Moreover, I took a tone of pictures of P.E.I.'s beaches and landscapes. I was also able to see, for the first time, the Confederation Bridge; this bridge was once the longest bridge in the world but now is the second longest. Stay tuned for my next painting, for the "Through Canada" collection, which I plan to name "The Dunes of P.E.I.".
And so the time comes soon when I will begin to travel again to explore the world in order to get ideas for my next paintings. My "Through Canada: with a Camera and a Paintbrush" project is ready to be shown, and I will begin showing this collection starting September. You may not see many changes or updates on my website until September as I will be sailing most of July and August. In August I will also begin working on my next project. I am not going to start painting yet - just doing the mental work for the project. I am keeping my next project, what it is about, a secret because unless the project is complete people will not understand it. So not a lot will be said about this project that I am thinking to call "The Self". I will actually be working on other collections simultaneously so you will see some photos of my work. I have a lot of research to do for my next project; a lot of reading, analyzing, thinking, and writing is involved in the creation of my paintings. I am also making a couple of movies and filming, and all of it is time consuming. Nonetheless, I have been receiving inspiring e-mails from my fans and I appreciate them.
This conversation took place on July 3rd, 2014.
You can be creative in many ways. Here I have created a couple of birdhouses and they are alread inhabited by birds. It feels so good to have given a home to some birds. I am not nearly as good in construction as my grandfather or my husbands father because they owned construction businesses and created homes for people to live in; however, I have a small scale construction business...making houses for birds:). these
I have been having some fun painting a memory of my voyage through the Saint Laurence River, on one of the Royal Canadian Minesweepers - "The Summerside". I was on the Summerside passing Quebec city; it was night time; however, you see that I chose to depict the scene during date time, and I chose to depict HMCS Goose bay instead - HMCS Goose bay is the ship that I am most attached to because I sailed on the Goose bay the longest. The sky and the weather have many faces out there at sea. As you can see, I also gave home to some new cats. Meet Athena.
Work In Progress
Finally I am back on-line. My website is up again and I re-posted everything from my old website here below. Firstly I would like to apologize for not updating my news page. The Masters of Planning program at Dalhousie is quite demanding and has been keeping me busy. Additionally, I needed some time to come back to myself after some of my elderly cats of mine have passed away. Keep an eye out for new updates, and to see the new work I am producing.